Wonderworks is a shop, gallery, workshop space, and community centre in Toronto, Canada, dedicated to women's spirituality, alternative healing & holistic
health, and creativity.
tarot and oracle decks
crystals and stones
Wise Women of History
Our goal is to bring wellness and joy to the world. We believe that by improving the quality of a person’s life, we also contribute to making the world itself a better place.
We carry books, crystals, tarot and oracle decks, flower essences, pendulums, journals, jewelery, goddess statues, meditation benches, runes, essential oils, natural and ayurvedic toiletries, charms,
candles, incense, wands and more.
We avoid plastic, and carry as many locally-made and hand-made products as we can.
Wonderworks is also home to the Fleishman Gallery, accessed through the shop. The gallery is dedicated to
contemporary art with themes related to feminism, the environment, and spirituality.
We also hold a variety of classes in our gallery space, including tarot classes, pagan concerts, yoga, reiki, meditation, wise woman series, and
an endless amount of how-to workshops.
What is Mindfulness Meditation?
Mindfulness Meditation is a western, non-sectarian, research-based form of meditation derived from a 2,500 year old Buddhist practice called Vipassana or Insight Meditation. It is a form of meditation designed to develop the skill of paying attention to our inner and outer experiences with acceptance, patience, and compassion. The University of California Center for Mindfulness, part of the medical school’s psychiatry department, defines Mindfulness Meditation this way:
“(Mindfulness) is a quality, which human beings already have, but they have usually not been advised that they have it, that it is valuable, or that it can be cultivated. Mindfulness is the awareness that is not thinking but which is aware of thinking, as well as aware of each of the other ways we experience the sensory world, i.e., seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, feeling through the body.
“Mindfulness is non-judgmental, open-hearted, friendly, and inviting of whatever arises in awareness. It is cultivated by paying attention on purpose, deeply, and without judgment to whatever arises in the present moment, either inside or outside of us. By intentionally practicing mindfulness, deliberately paying more careful moment-to-moment attention, individuals can live more fully and less on ‘automatic pilot,’ thus, being more present for their own lives.”
Forest House is the perfect setting to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life; to experience the peaceful serenity of the forest; to nurture the soul. There are no clocks… no schedule… no agenda. The day is yours to relax… to explore… to do as whatever you want. Re-vitalize yourself in a place where [&]
Pandora - Thomas Benjamin Kennington
This time of year everyone is getting sick or fighting off a cold!
Our Featured Tea is sure to help you prevent or nurse what ails you:
Aangen Healing Tea
Cardamom - Regulates body temperature and helps digestion;
Saffron - Strengthens the heart, gives warmth to the body and lifts the spirit;
Basil - Strengthens the digestive system and detoxifies the liver. Keeps the lungs clear and reduces seasonal allergies;
Anise - Improves digestion, reduces bloating and regulates the system;
Ginger - Warms up the body, soothes nausea and other stomach upset, anti-inflammatory, boosts the immune system.
Directions: Add 1/4 tsp to 1 cup of boiling water. Add green or black tea or 1/2 spoon of honey for sweetness, if you choose. Stir and enjoy.
Featured Crystal: Black Tourmaline
One of WonderWorks’ most popular gems, Black Tourmaline is an effective energy purifier.
Use it to protect against electromagnetic radiation (computers, cell phones, etc). Place it on electronics to help moderate their effects at the source.
It is also an excellent stone to carry with you because as well as purifying electronic energy, it purifies our own energy and the energy around us. It creates a protective fence around us, and is especially helpful for people who work or live in challenging circumstances.
Its purifying effect works on emotions, wiping away destructive feelings like worry, obsession, and stress. It is also a very strong grounding stone, connecting us to our base chakras, our physical bodies, and the earth.
Starting now and going through December, we’ll be featuring various historic winter festivals from around the world.
Winter Festivals in History
Brumalia is an ancient Roman winter festival incorporating many smaller festivals celebrating Saturn, Ops, and Bacchus. The word Brumalia comes from the Latin bruma meaning “shortest day”.
This month-long festival lasted from about November 24th till the Waxing of the Light, around December 25th, and is said to have been instituted by Romulus, the legendary founder of Rome, and continued into the 6th century.
According to 6th-century historian John Malalas, Romulus entertained his Senators, army, and staff throughout the month, assigning each day a letter and inviting those whose names began with the assigned letter to dinner parties. He also encouraged his Senators to likewise entertain their friends and staff in the same manner. According to John the Lydian, sacrifices were made of pigs to Demeter and Cronus and goats were sacrificed to Dionysus. He speculates that Cronus is honored at this time because of his banishment into the darkness of Tartarus.
The festival marked a break for the Senate and included feasting and general merry making as well as divination to determine the city’s prospects for the coming year. It also incorporated a number of smaller holidays associated with various Gods.
Some modern Pagans use the word Brumalia to simply indicate the winter holiday season, including all of its various festivals and activities. This seems quite in keeping with the spirit of the ancient use of the word.
— Robert Frost
Featured Flower Essence: Lamb’s Quarters (Chenopodium album, Alaskan brand)
Indications: perspective limited to what we can understand with the mind; lacking balance and harmony between the mind and heart, the rational and the intuitive.
Healing Qualities: heals separation between the heart and mind; balances the power of the mind with the joy of the heart.
Who Was Saint Cecilia?
Saint Cecilia is the patron Saint of musicians, composers, instrument makers, and poets.
She was a Roman woman who lived sometime between 176 and 230AD, and was probably martyred, along with her husband and brother-in-law. It’s said that during her nuptials she heard the music of heaven in her heart.
She became popular in the 500s when a romance was written about her, and music festivals have been held in her honour since the 1500s.
Wonderworks is holding a huge sale in honour of Saint Cecilia, this Saturday November 30th, 2013. Everything in the store will be 15% off, plus we’ll have a teaparty in the gallery and a selection of creativity items for 50% off.
One day, in-store only. Don’t miss it!